Vera costanza, La (‘True Constancy’)(ii)
- Caryl Clark
Dramma giocoso in three acts by Joseph Haydn to a libretto by Francesco Puttini; Eszterháza, 25 April 1779.
Contrary to claims made by Haydn’s early biographers, insufficent evidence supports the hypothesis that Haydn wrote this opera to fulfill an imperial commission for Vienna. The libretto represents a considerably shortened version of Puttini’s text for Anfossi (1776, Rome), already somewhat condensed, especially in Act 3, for performances later that year in Venice (as La pescatrice fedele) and in Vienna (1777). Andrea Totti, who sang Count Errico in Venice, also performed in Haydn’s opera at Eszterháza. Barbara Ripamonti, the talented soprano for whom Haydn tailored three difficult arias, played Rosina. Also in the cast were Vito Ungricht (Ernesto), Marianna Zannini (Lisetta), Benedetto Bianchi (Villotto), Catharina Poschva (Baroness), and Leopold Dichtler (Masino) – the last three had also appeared in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna. The sets were by Pietro Travaglia, the resident designer who had trained with Bernardino and Fabrizio Galliari in Milan....